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FEF Week 11 - Non-Scale Victories

Friday, June 10, 2011

"MAIN CHALLENGE: Most of us probably have a number of non scale victories, even if we aren’t to our goals yet. This week, reflect on those gains. Have you had health gains so far in your journey as a result of the changes you’ve made? Is your blood pressure down, or maybe your off some medications, or your asthma has improved? Maybe you’ve moved from obese to overweight? Share a health gain that you have made so far in your journey with your team for the main challenge this week. Also share a health goal that you have, that you have yet to achieve, and some things you will do to make it an accomplishment in the future."

I think the biggest NS victory for me is being able to comfortably walk 3 miles. These past few weeks, my weight hasn't dropped much but I've been doing a lot of walking and am at the point where I don't feel like I've had a good workout till I reach that 3 mile mark. The town I live in has a certified 5K route with a lot of hills. It's given me confidence that I can do ANY 5K if I can do this one. I'm signed up for a 5K in August - that in itself is a victory. A year ago I wouldn't have even considered such a thing. :)

My health has improved, my BP is staying down better, not to the point of getting off meds yet, but I'll get there eventually. That's one of my biggest future goals is to get off the several meds I'm on. I take pills every day for depression/anxiety and I can tell I feel much better emotionally and mentally since I've lost weight and especially when I can get outdoors and walk, so I'm aiming to get off those meds, too.

I have a lot more energy. Today I had 10,000+ steps on my pedometer by noon and was still going strong. I wouldn't be able to do that every day but being able to keep up that activity pace at all is surprising to me. I'm learning that I'm capable of a lot more than I ever gave myself credit for before.

And another biggie - I'm addicted to feeling this way and as time passes, I have less and less desire to give up and go back to "before". It still hits me now and then but when it does, I come here and find motivation and the feeling eventually passes. Before SP, I'd have quit by now.

It's nice to be able to fit into a size 12 pair of pants now, too. emoticon

I think we all need to look at our victories aside from the numbers on the scale every so often. What are YOURS?

Hugs,
Karen
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  • SAL1512
    My pedometer goes with me everywhere. My goal is now 12,000 steps a day instead of just 10,000. I get a lot of questions about the pedometer. I sure hope I can inspire others to use one. It is such an easy NS goal!
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    3612 days ago
  • PANBOOKS
    Keep up the great work!
    3619 days ago
  • JULIAOAK
    you are doing great - keep at it! emoticon emoticon
    3620 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10015548
    Way to focus on your accomplishments! Who needs the scale, anyway, when you can see success in how you feel and what size pants you can fit into? Way to go!~Erin
    3621 days ago
  • KIMBANN
    I am so glad you posted this blog - life is so much more than that and we sometimes forget to count other victories.

    My NS victory is I feel better - more energetic and alive. Today was a rough day eating, but I reigned it in and came out within my calorie count. I also went out in guilt and did 2 hours of vigorous yard work and feel GREAT, both at how I feel and how good the yard looks.
    3622 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10018622
    These are great, Karen. I need to focus on the victories accomplished. I try to, but with being off Spark for just a couple of months, I am a testimonial of how fast we can lose ground if we are not mindful to keep doing the things we need to do to keep our health. Glad you are reaping great benefits, and I am praying for you as you maintain and press onward and upward.
    3622 days ago
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